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not sure of socket size; just measure across flats in mm.
Should not be a problem using an impact wrench; thats what I used and I reused the CV joint. Its fixed by the splines in the hub anyway.
The reason for draining the gearbox oil is because when you remove the drive shaft at the gearbox end, oil will leak out. I personally don't bother draining the oil, just let the oil leak into a pan when you remove the shaft; then just top up after you replace it. That way I think you will only need a litre, if that.
Are you replacing the whole drive shaft or just the outer CV joint? If the latter, I would be interested to know if it just knocks off the shaft (i.e. held by a spring clip ?
When removing the drive shaft, I found it much easier to remove the bolt and nuts that hold the lower suspension arm to the subframe than trying to seperate the lower ball joint. If you do this then you don't even need to seperate the steering arm balljoint; just remove the roll-bar tie link and put the steering on full lock and you should be able to manouvre out the drive shaft. Hope this helps.
Did the CV joint knock-off the drive shaft?
In a manual transaxle the oil capacity is 2 litres. Guess yours is an auto-box and I'm afraid I don't know but its considerably more.
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